If you’ve ever received a concussion before, you have a much higher risk of receiving another, even years after the first one. Here are some tips to stay safe from concussions.
Always Keep Your Head Protected
Wearing helmets might be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but they can save you from serious trauma and head injuries. Skateboarding, biking, rollerblading, and any other method of quickly getting around has a substantial risk of head injury when you fall, so be sure to always have a helmet on. When driving, protecting your head means wearing a seatbelt! Though there are many other reasons why it’s a good idea, your head is the most vulnerable during any kind of accident. Take steps to protect it before it’s too late!
Take Every Impact Seriously
No matter how light the impact, don’t ever ignore the chance that you might have received a concussion. One of the worst things you can do after receiving a concussion is to continue to put your head at risk. Research into head trauma shows that your brain is many times more vulnerable and sensitive to concussions immediately after receiving the first one.
Always Be On Watch for the Symptoms
Since every concussion is different and people have different symptoms, you have to pay close attention to anyone who might have been concussed. If you spot them in yourself or another person, immediately stop any physical activity and measure the symptoms. If they do not let up after 15 minutes, seek medical attention immediately to make sure there is no permanent or hidden damage.
- confusion or feeling dazed
- slurred speech
- nausea or vomiting
- balance problems or dizziness
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light
- sensitivity to noise
- ringing in ears
- behavior or personality changes
- concentration difficulties
- memory loss